Ohio Wrestling Closes Out 2018-19 Home Slate Against Old Dominion, SIUE

Ohio Wrestling Closes Out 2018-19 Home Slate Against Old Dominion, SIUE

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ATHENS, Ohio -- The Ohio wrestling team (5-4, 3-1 MAC) looks to continue its winning ways as it closes out its 2018-19 home schedule with a pair of Mid-American Conference matches this weekend at the Convocation Center, playing host to Old Dominion (7-5, 4-2 MAC) on Friday (Feb. 8) at 6 p.m. ET and SIUE (1-10, 1-5 MAC) on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 1 p.m. ET. Both matches will be streamed live on ESPN+.

The Bobcats will wrap up their celebration of the program's 100th anniversary this weekend. Ohio will recognize its alumni who have earned all All-America honors on Friday and then honor its four alumni who won national championships during their time competing for the Bobcats -- Kermit Blosser (1932; 191 pounds), Harry Houska (1964; 191 pounds), Andy Daniels (1978; 118 pounds) and Dwight Gardner (1998; 158 pounds).

OHIO WRESTLING ALL-AMERICANS
National Champions
1932 - Kermit Blosser (191)
1964 - Harry Houska (191)
1978 - Andy Daniels (118)
1998 - Dwight Gardner (158)

Second Place
1963 - Harry Houska (177)
1970 - Bruce Trammel (158)
1998 - Shawn Enright (134)
2004 - Jake Percival (157)

Third Place
1971 - Bruce Trammel (158)
1971 - Russ Johnson (177)
1972 - Barry Reighard (190)
2005 - Jake Percival (157)

Fourth Place
1972 - Joe Zychowicz (126)
1973 - Brian Oswald (150)
1994 - Shawn Enright (126)
1995 - Eric Kimble (134)
2002 - Jake Percival (149)

Fifth Place
1973 - Bob Tscholl (158)
2000 - Tim Courtad (Hwt.)
2003 - Jake Percival (149)

Sixth Place
1968 - Dave Unik (115)
1973 - Russ Johnson (190)
1974 - Kurt Blank (177)
1987 - Rob Johnson (134)
2010 - Germane Lindsey (141)

Seventh Place
1994 - Eric Kimble (134)
1997 - Dwight Gardner (158)
2012 - Jeremy Johnson (Hwt.)
2014 - Jeremy Johnson (Hwt.)
2016 - Cody Walters (174)

Eighth Place
2013 - Cody Walters (174)

Ohio will also host its Senior Day on Saturday, honoring the careers of Arsen Ashughyan (Vanadzor, Armenia), Nate Hall (Lewis Center, Ohio), Derek Hillman (Woodhaven, Mich.), Kyle Kaminski (Parma, Ohio), Devin King (Thornville, Ohio), Cameron Kelly (Bellbrook, Ohio), Zack Parker (Felton, Del.) and Austin Reese (Urbana, Ohio).

The Bobcats enter this weekend's matches having won three-straight MAC matches, most recently knocking off Central Michigan, 19-15) last Sunday (Feb. 3) at McGuirk Arena in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The match began at 125 pounds, with redshirt junior Shakur Laney (Canal Winchester, Ohio) winning by forfeit. Kelly produced a big 13-4 major decision victory at 141. He is now 11-2 on the season with a 4-0 mark in conference action. His win over Marten was his first by major decision this year. Redshirt freshman Alec Hagan (Eureka, Mo.) made it a 13-3 lead for Ohio courtesy of a 9-6 win at 149. He upped his overall record to 14-9 and is now 3-1 in conference matches. The lead grew to 13 points for the Bobcats when redshirt junior Zac Carson (Akron, Ohio) came through with a 7-4 win by decision at 157. Carson improved to 16-5 on the year and 3-1 in MAC meets. Freshman Colt Yinger (Nelsonville, Ohio) made it four-straight wins for Ohio when he beat Blake Montrie with an 8-4 decision win at 165. He is now 12-6 in his rookie year and picked up his second conference win.

Ohio is 2-1 at home so far this year. The Bobcats beat Chattanooga, 22-19, on Dec. 20, feel to No. 5-ranked Missouri, 30-12, on Jan. 11 and topped archrival Kent State, 24-12, on Jan. 18 in the annual Grudge Match between the two programs.

As a team, the Bobcats are now ranked third in the MAC with 14 points, per the conference's February coaches' rankings. Ohio is ranked behind Missouri (36 points) and Old Dominion (16 points). Individually, Ohio boasts six student-athletes ranked in the top-four of their respective weight classes in the league. Laney is still holding down the top spot at 125 pounds. Redshirt sophomore Mario Guillen (Perrysburg, Ohio) and Hagan at 149 are both ranked second at 133 and 149, respectively. Carson is ranked third at 157 while Kelly and Yinger are ranked fourth at 141 and 165, respectively.

Old Dominion owns a 7-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in MAC matches. The Monarchs last competed on Jan. 27, earning a 24-17 home win over Duke at the Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Va. Old Dominion's last conference match resulted in a 28-13 victory over SIUE at home on Jan. 25.

In its first season as a member of the MAC, SIUE is 1-10 overall and owns a 1-5 conference record. The Cougars lone victory of the 2018-19 season thus far came on Jan. 11, when SIUE topped Buffalo, 20-16.

Ohio vs. Old Dominion Probable Lineups
125: Ohio R-Jr. Shakur Laney OR R-So. Trevor Giallombardo vs. Old Dominion So. Michael McGee 
133: Ohio R-So. Mario Guillen vs. Old Dominion R-Fr. Trevon Majette OR R-Jr. Steven Simpson 
141: Ohio Sr. Cameron Kelly vs. Old Dominion R-Jr. Sa'Derian Perry 
149: Ohio R-Fr. Alec Hagan OR R-Jr. Kade Kowalski vs. Old Dominion R-So. Kevin Budock or R-Jr. Kenan Carter
157: Ohio R-Jr. Zac Carson vs. Old Dominion R-Jr. Larry Early 
165: Ohio Fr. Colt Yinger  vs. Old Dominion R-Jr. Shane Jones
174: Ohio Fr. Logan Stanley vs. Old Dominion R-So. Luke Drugac 
184: Ohio R-So. Jake Walker vs. Old Dominion R-So. Dean Drugac 
197: Ohio So. Aaron Naples vs. Old Dominion Jr. Tim Young
285: Ohio R-Sr. Zack Parker vs. Old Dominion So. Ali Wahab 

Ohio vs. SIUE Probable Lineups
125: Ohio R-Jr. Shakur Laney OR R-So. Trevor Giallombardo vs. SIUE R-Jr. Gage Datlovsky
133: Ohio R-So. Mario Guillen vs. SIUE R-Fr. Jacob Blaha
141: Ohio Sr. Cameron Kelly vs. SIUE R-Jr. Lucas Bernal
149: Ohio R-Fr. Alec Hagan OR R-Jr. Kade Kowalski vs. SIUE R-Jr. Tyshawn Williams
157: Ohio R-Jr. Zac Carson vs. SIUE Fr. Justin Ruffin
165: Ohio Fr. Colt Yinger  vs. SIUE R-Sr. Nate Higgins
174: Ohio Fr. Logan Stanley vs. SIUE So. Kevin Gschwendtner
184: Ohio R-So. Jake Walker vs. SIUE Fr. Sergio Villalobos
197: Ohio So. Aaron Naples vs. SIUE Sr. Christian Dulaney
285: Ohio R-Sr. Zack Parker vs. SIUE Fr. Colton McKiernan

Ohio is scheduled for two road matches next weekend, visiting Bloomsburg for a 7 p.m. ET matchup on Friday, Jan. 15, then traveling to Amherst, N.Y., for its final conference match of 2018-19 against Buffalo on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. ET.

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